The sudden death of a student is always difficult, no matter what the circumstances. KPC’s Kenai River Campus community is still recovering from the tragic losses of two students in a three week period last semester. The college bid goodbye to students Jonathon Granger, an 18 year old who was born and raised in the Soldotna area, and to Tim Jolley, a 50 year old who had resided in Alaska for just more than a year.
Jolley’s family, while reeling from their loss, felt strongly that they wanted to honor their son’s memory with a scholarship to the college where Tim had found his place and was pursuing a process technology associate of applied science degree. They came forward to express how “super happy” he was with his classes and how he had bonded with several faculty members during his time here. He was very proud of his successes in the KRC Math Lab and that he had been able to raise his GPA to become eligible for induction in Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges.
Jolley’s family worked closely with KPC’s advancement office to pull together a named, restricted memorial scholarship in record time so that memorial donations for Tim could be directed to the new scholarship.
The new scholarship was established with a $5,000 donation from the family and subsequent memorial donations have bolstered the fund. The stated purpose of the scholarship is to provide a memorial to Tim Jolley that is intended to provide financial assistance to a deserving fellow KPC student working toward a degree in Tim’s chosen area of study: process technology.
Preference will be given to process technology students taking on-campus courses at the Kenai River Campus (versus online classes) and to those currently living in the KRC Residence Hall participating in the Process Technology Living/Learning Community. Eligible applicants apply for the scholarship as part of KPC’s campus-based, scholarship packet released twice a year. Recipients will be selected by the KKC Standing Scholarship Selection Committee.
Tim’s family indicated, “he was lovable, funny, very private, and very passionate about many issues of our time.
While attending KPC’s Kenai River Campus of the University of Alaska, he earned straight A’s in all of his classes. He loved going to school and living in Alaska. His ashes will be sprinkled in the Kenai River in the spring when the ice melts. Tim’s life ended much too soon and he will be dearly missed.”
For more information about the Tim Jolley Memorial Scholarship, or to set up a new scholarship to benefit KPC students, contact Suzie Kendrick, KPC advancement programs manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 907-262-0320.
Summer schedule now available for planning
Although recent temperatures have Alaskans coming down with spring fever, there are still several months to endure until the warm months of summer are here. With the popularity of KPC’s summer semester, however, now is the time to begin planning!
The summer 2014 course schedule is currently available for viewing on KPC’s website. There are more the 70 courses being taught this coming summer; returning, admitted students can begin registering for on Feb. 24, while the general public can begin registering on March 3.
For more information, contact KRC Student Services at 262-0330 or call toll free 877-262-0330.
This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, Advancement Programs Manager at Kenai Peninsula College.